Renovating, modernizing, and sprucing up your home can be driven by many factors. Some do it from a desire to make the home look more attractive, to increase functionality, or to update outdated appliances or areas of the house.
And while we all like to live in new, beautiful homes, it has been established that adding value is the main reason people renovate their homes. By doing this, individuals will be able to sell their property (if need be) at a higher price that they would have if no work is done on it.
And since buying a home is the biggest investment most people make in their lifetime, it only makes sense to grow that investment over time.
While there are quite a few ways to do this, let’s go through the top 10 areas of improvement that can help you add value to your home quickly.
#1 Include a Garage
Not every house has a garage, but everyone wants to have one in their homes, whether they have a car or not. This only makes a house with a garage much more valuable than one without it. So including parking (even a tiny sheltered space) can help increase the value of your home drastically.
But aside from having a place to park your car, are you aware that garages are actually very functional as it can be used for other purposes?
Even without a car, homeowners can still enjoy their garages as they can turn this space into their storage space, home office, or even an entertainment room. If you have a hobby, say biking, you can store all of your gear inside your garage, allowing you to have peace of mind knowing that these won’t be damaged when placed inside the house.
If you have the budget for it, you can also invest in automatic garage doors to make the area more accessible and appealing. Automatic garage doors are smart investments, especially if you’re planning to sell your home soon.
#2 Revamp the Bathroom
The bathroom is one part of the home every single one of us pays attention to. A bathroom should be a personal sanctuary that allows homeowners to relax and relieve stress. However, no one would want to live in a home with a leaky, droopy shower. Instead of helping the homeowner feel refreshed, this kind of bathroom will only cause a lot of stress. So, revamping your bathroom can help increase the value of the house.
To do this, you do not need to spend a considerable amount of money; just by scrubbing clean the tiles and toilet seats, and by adding some items to enhance visual impact you will make your bathroom look shiny and new. And as you’re doing it, you might spot some other elements that can be easily changed — like water fixtures — to add considerable appeal.
If you’re planning to buy a fixer-upper, consider applying for VA rehab loans. The money you can acquire from this loan will enable you to purchase a new home and fund any renovations for your bathroom, as well.
#3 Add Some Extensions
Extensions are a way to increase the value of the home, and they could be added upward or have the house expanded sideways.
By adding an extension upward, you could include maybe an additional staircase. Sideways extensions could have you clear out a path and cultivate it well to have it serve as a playground.
#4 Renovate the Kitchen
At the end of the day, there’s nothing that adds more value to your home than a freshly renovated kitchen. Houses, especially those that want to appeal to families, have the kitchen as the centerpiece of the home. The kitchen is one of the most important areas of the house because this is where you’ll prepare meals for your family, and, oftentimes, entertain guests. How your kitchen looks and functions can significantly affect the ambiance of your entire home.
Shaping up your kitchen doesn’t necessarily mean a complete overhaul. While this would ensure the best effect, it would take a lot of time and cost you a lot of money. Repainting, freeing up spaces and bringing in modern utensils can be a good and fast way to give your kitchen a fresh, renovated look.
One of the easiest ways to renovate your kitchen is to organize and make the space clutter-free. You’ll be doing a lot of things in your kitchen, which is why you should ensure that every item has its designated storage space. No one would love spending time in their kitchens if the area is a complete mess!
#5 Include a Well-Cultured Garden Room
Gardens are more and more often being incorporated in modern homes and play a role in determining how valuable said homes are.
Now, at this point, it is important to note that the value of a garden is not just in its size, but in how well it is designed and cultivated. So a well-cultured garden — even if tiny, but well-trimmed — can help add value to your home when you decide to put it on sale.
#6 Free Up Spaces in Strategic Areas of the Home
In the see-it-want-it-buy-it world that we live in today, we tend to end up hoarding a lot of unnecessary things. And those take up highly valuable space that can translate into extra figures on your home sale.
Take a good look at your space and try to clear the house of any unnecessary items, from big to small.
A good place to start is always by looking at older appliances around the house. Regardless of how expensive or sentimental these items are, if these are no longer used, it’s best if you disposed of them properly.
#7 Introduce Seasonal Features
The introduction of seasonal eco-friendly features can also help increase a home’s value.
This isn’t as complicated as it sounds, but rather includes planting trees in some parts to serve as a windbreaker and prevent water logging. Some parts can be cleared off to allow for cross ventilation.
#8 Improve the Aesthetic of the Exteriors
The exterior part of the home is your house’s business card, the part that attracts everyone to the house. Improving the aesthetic of the house could mean either repainting the home or restructuring it, adding some nice-looking shutters, painting the door or windows, you name it.
New features could also be included that will help to enhance the aesthetics and make it attractive. But it’s worth it: remember that your home has just one chance to make a good first impression.
#9 Include Smart Features in the Home
Smart features like CCTV systems or alarms among others can help to increase a home’s value. Since they aren’t the type of features you see around every house, homes with these features tend to be highly valuable and sought-after.
#10 Make the Home Accessible
The creation of drive-through ways and walking paths can significantly increase ease of access. It also makes the home more comfortable.
Already existing pathways can be re-modified to allow for better access. This will be a major plus in the eyes of select buyers and will broaden your pool of potential buyers to include seniors and people with disabilities, so it’s definitely worth considering — especially if your space and the number of floors allow for it.
Remember that all the value you add to your home will be in your benefit. That’s in the sense that it makes the home more comfortable for you and if you end up putting it out for sale, at least you know you will get top dollar for it.
Or who knows? If you make your home that irresistible, you might scoop up an offer from someone that crosses your doorstep before you even end up putting it on the market.